The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has asked PGI to justify showing an income of Rs 304.66 lakh as liability.
In its report, the CAG has called the act of treating the revenue receipts, amounting to Rs 304.66 lakh, as liability and its retention outside the main grant/fund, as irregular. It has also asked the institute to justify the act. As per sources, showing more liabilities is a ploy to get more annual grants from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
As per the audit report, the institute received Rs 116.36 lakh up to March 31, 2014. It includes a receipt of Rs 93.10 lakh for working women’s hostel, an amount of Rs 15.56 lakh received for guest room charges and Rs 7.70 lakh as share of PGI in conducting ICMR/JFR examinations.
Similarly, PGI had also regarded Rs 188.30 lakh received for package charges as the liability and shown as patient grant. The audit report has observed that this is the income of PGI which has been retained outside the main grant of the institute.
The package charges include Rs 62.82 lakh of cardiology department, Rs 10.08 lakh of gynae department and Rs 115.40 lakh of ophthalmology department.
“It was noticed that the institute had treated above receipts as liability. These are not the liability and should have been treated as income,” the CAG report says.
As per the audit, reasons for retention of revenue of PGI amounting to Rs 304.66 lakh outside the main grant/fund were not intimated to them.
A PGI official says, “Every year, hundreds of crores are received by PGI from the Union Health Ministry. If the institute shows its actual income then there are chances of PGI receiving less grant. Hence, officials show more liabilities.”
Section 16 (1) of the PGIMER Act, 1996, provides that the institute shall maintain a fund to which shall be credited all money provided by the Central government; all fees and other charges received by the institute; all money received by the institute by way of grants, gifts, donations, benefactions, bequests or transfers; and all money received by the institute in any other manner or from any other source.